A couple of months a go I asked you guys what the distance was from you to the critter when you fired the first shot this year. About 50 of you responded. Please remember this is just a little sampling of what takes place in Alaska. I tossed out everything that was not classified as an Alaskan big game animal and shot at with a rifle. This is the 3rd year I have done this on this forum. Any way, for this year it appears as though the average distance was under 150 yards. A 3 year average is running under 160 yards. That is good, as far as I am concerned. Yup, closer is better. So what do we do, carry a rifle/caliber/scope combo that will work best for the longest possible shot, or do we carry a rifle/caliber/scope combo that is best for the distance we are most likely to shoot? Go figure.